By STEPHANIE GROVES
Larry Ralston was born, raised and educated in Delphos and now resides near Philadelphia, Pa., in the rural country filled with Amish farms. He is an artist who began designing and creating sand paintings as a hobby close to 36 years ago.
Ralston took a great interest in Southwestern Native American history and the various tribes’ practices of sand painting. It is a ritual for tribal leaders to create sand paintings by sprinkling dry sands colored with natural pigments onto a board or the ground for ceremonial purposes to heal the sick. The belief is the sand allows the patient to absorb the powers depicted in the grains of sand art.